Pupils watch as temporary building goes

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Pupils at Wootton Lower School watched the scrapping of a temporary classroom housed on their site.

The youngsters were able to see the building removed yesterday (Wednesday).

Chris Tavener, headteacher, said: “At Wootton Lower School we believe that every child should learn in an inspiring environment and consequently we have a strategy to continually improve our buildings. One of our greatest challenges in this has been developing the learning environment in temporary classrooms for our Year 4s.

“We are therefore delighted that, through the excellent work of the local authority, our Year 4 pupils will return to school and now have new classrooms that will provide an amazing first class teaching and learning space.”

Bedford Borough Council is investing over £48 million in schools from 2014-2017 through their School Capital Investment Plan which intends to replace temporary classrooms and mobiles with permament buildings, and remove makeshift temporary classrooms – starting with Wootton Lower School.

Cllr Henry Vann, portfolio holder for education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “This is just the start of our ambitious programme to get rid of the makeshift temporary classrooms of the past and deliver sufficient space for children and young people to learn in.

“Bedford is one of the best places in the country to go to lower or primary school. 90% of our schools overall are ranked as good or outstanding by Ofsted. Our teachers, pupils and the communities behind them need buildings that are fit to learn in and we will deliver this.”

Sean Yeo, contracts director for Keir, the construction company carrying out the work, said: “We are delighted to have been entrusted with this programme of works.”

Bedford Borough Council has invested £26 million in improving and maintaining school facilities in the last financial year.